Indian government to lease e-cars for government officials

Electric Vehicles are the need of the hour. The air quality is degrading by every passing day and India is one of the countries where pollution is one of the major problems. Electric vehicles can make this problem go away for good as the majority of the pollution is due to the vehicles in India. The awareness is growing but the implementation is nowhere to be seen.

The e-cars revolution is on its way. It is coming to India like the rest of the world, however, it is slow and people are finding it hard to find a quality product they can buy. There are efforts being taken but the efforts are not always in the right direction. There are tenders being listed and amendments being drawn but nothing is seen on the ground as of now. To this, the government decided to start from itself.

The Finance Ministry has asked almost all the government departments to lease electric vehicles instead of the normal vehicles for its government officials. The government officials of almost all the ranks get vehicles from the government to travel around. A year back, to cut back on costs the government decided to lease the vehicles instead of buying them. This idea was exploited some months later as e-cars were to be used by the officials.

For this, the government drew a contract with Energy Efficient Services LTD (EESL). Tata Motors and Mahindra Mobility were going to supply e-cars to the officials. The initial order was of ten thousand cars, later on, this order was split into two phases. The first phase would see five hundred cars given to the officials while phase two would foresee the remaining 9500 cars being given to the government.

However, this idea, no matter how good, could not be executed. The reason was a depleted product. The cars could travel 100-120 kilometers, the electric motor was small and the performance was not quite up to the mark. The officials weren’t happy with the range as well and this made the government scrap the idea. In February of this year, the government listed another tender for 10000 e-cars. However, it was later scrapped as the companies asked for battery specifications and more details about the motor so that the major players can enter the race.

The Indian government is taking multiple steps towards their goal of reaching 30% e-cars by 2030. The major problem is with the lack of guidelines. There is a very small number of charging stations spread far and wide across the countries. This lack of charging infrastructure is causing a lot of problems for the local and the foreign players to come into the picture.

Recently the government has pumped money into Faster Adoption of Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME). It is also offering subsidiaries to electric vehicles under FAME-II

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